Maria “Sucy” Collazo was elected to the Newark City Council on November 8, 2011.

Sucy was born on November 26, 1955, in Los Angeles, California and moved to the City of Newark in the early 1970s with her parents.  She attended Newark High School and participated in the Fremont Beauty College Regional Occupational Program.

Sucy and her family own and operate the Mexico Tortilla Factory in Newark. In addition she owned and operated Guzman Imports and Susie’s Party Supplies for over 20 years with her husband.

Sucy has been married for 29 years to Vicente Hernandez Guzman. She considers her two sons Jose Rogelio and Vicente Enrique Guzman to be her greatest accomplishment.

Sucy believes that hard work gets you where you want to go, but education makes getting there easier. Sucy is a founding member of AVANZANDO an organization that believes everyone deserves an education. She is on the board of Computer Applications and Occupation Technology at Ohlone College (CAOT). Sucy is also a proud Rotarian with the Newark Rotary Club.

Sucy recently received recognition at the eighth annual “Mujer a Mujer – Woman to Woman” Conference for business leadership, vision, and empowerment.